Pianist John Tilbury Interviewed at All About Jazz
Pianist John Tilbury is renowned not only for his work in AMM and his other improvising, but also as a peerless interpreter of such contemporary composers as Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. He is uniquely well positioned to reflect on the similarities and contrasts between improvising and playing repertoire.
Tilbury's biography of his friend, associate and erstwhile member of AMM, Cornelius Cardew, which took him over two decades to write, has been recognized as the definitive statement on Cardew's life and work. In conversation, Tilbury frequently makes reference to Cardew's views and opinions, and, unsurprisingly, he himself still espouses views and beliefs that flow from the political views that he and Cardew shared.
AAJ Contributor John Eyles spoke with Tilbury in London, in an interview that begins with listening to a recent AMM recording with percussionist Eddie Prévost in Poland and, like the best improvisation, moves on from there to topics planned and unplanned.